I have a very bad junk food habit, and I have had this habit for nearly forty years. I love Big Macs, pizza, chips, diet Coke, and chocolate so, so much. I am about a hundred pounds overweight, and on medication for high BP and high cholesterol. I also suffer from migraines, sleep apnea, and my knees are killing me. I am extremely achy and sore due to lack of exercise. I know my health problem are completely self-inflicted due to the excess weight and bad diet, and I can't even count the times I have started weight loss plans. The reason they never last is because, I swear, I feel positively ill when I don't eat crap. I actually really like healthy foods. I eat enjoy veggies and fruits, I love the healthy carbs like legumes, whole grains, healthy soups, and so on. Unfortunately, I don't feel well at all when I eat exclusively healthy foods.
For example, for the last two days, I tried very hard and successfully ate proper meals including salads, lean chicken, cooked and raw veggies, a little fruit, lots of water, hot tea, and only a little diet Coke. The first day was okay, the second day I was exhausted, and the third day was hellish. I woke up aching with a horrible headache, stomach pain, and a general feeling of malaise ( worse than usual). I ate some plain oatmeal and a banana, but as the morning went on I felt more and more nauseous and horrible migraine was developing. My eyes were aching so badly I couldn't wear either glasses or contacts and I just wanted to sleep, but I didn't because it would mess up my sleep schedule. Finally, after fighting the urge for about for about three hours, I went to McDonalds and had a sausage mcmuffin, hash browns and diet coke. As soon as the grease and salt hit my system, I started to feel so much better. I then ate some cookies and felt almost totally fine. I got most of the things on my to-do list achieved and my mood got so much better. I had a burger and fries for dinner. The thing is, this pattern has happened possibly a hundred times. I want to eat the healthy food; I like it, even, but I get wicked headaches, upset stomachs, horrible moods, and so on when I don't eat junk. So..what? Is my body just so used to the fat, sugar, and salt that it can't do without it? Is this what withdrawal is? I don't know if the horrible feelings will pass without resorting back to the junk food, because I always go back for the food. In fact, the only times I have ever managed to lose weight ( maybe up to 30 lbs before failing) it has been by continuing to eat junk food, but just less of it. This means not eating very much food, as you can't eat too many big macs when you are limiting calories. Does anyone else have this issue? How do you get past it? Are these physical symptoms real? I sure feel that they are...but is this addiction and is it physical? TIA for any suggestions.